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M 16  (NGC 6611),  The  Eagle  Nebula,  in  Serpens

M16, the Eagle Nebula, is famous for a Hubble photograph ("Pillars of Creation")  that shows a star-birthing region. This emission nebula lies approximately 7000 lightyears from us. This is a mediocre image but will do as a place-holder. I started work on a CCD image in the summer of 2002 and the first attempt at a luminance image can be seen here. A much more recent wide view, taken with CCD equipment, can be seen here.

 Date  Two images: 00-07-02, 00-10-23

 Astro-Physics 130 f6 EDF  on Losmandy G-11 mount with ST-4 guider on separate 


 Exposure  LE400 56 min @f12 +Tokai; E200 60 min @f6 +Tokai
 Processing    Stacked in Registar; stretched in PhotoShop, smoothed with bigsmooth